“Giving up smoking is the easiest thing in the world. I know because I've done it thousands of times”, Mark Twain once said. This quote in many ways can relate to David Sedaris because Sedaris writes an article titled “Letting Go” which he explains his dislike of cigarettes as a child but also his addiction to cigarettes in his later years. Sedaris is a person with humor and anyone reading, “Letting Go” can see that. Sedaris is discussing a serious topic of the addiction to smoking cigarettes. He wittily contradicts himself in his whole essay, using his own humor to make fun of himself and smokers in general. Mostly everyone who smokes cigarettes, know they are horrible for your body, but continue to smoke. Sedaris captures the actual feeling smokers feel about it using his sarcasm and humor. Smoking is not a good thing for anyone, but Sedaris explains it first hand in a more loose and humorous way. Sedaris starts of his essay explaining his fourth grade field trip to the American Tobacco plant near his childhood home. He goes on saying how his class saw the making of cigarettes but also was given free packs to take home to their parents. Sedaris says, “I tell people this and they ask me how old I am, thinking, I guess, that I went to the world’s first elementary school, one where we wrote on cave walls and hunted our lunch with clubs” (Sedaris). This shows Sedaris first humorous line of his essay. It is completely obvious he did not grow up as a “caveman”, but smoking was a norm before the eighties. Today, no doubt everyone knows smoking cigarettes kill. Before the eighties, cigarettes were a lifestyle. It was an essential in everyday living. No one knew cigarettes were slowly decaying their bodies. That is why Sedaris went on a field trip as a fourth grader to see the making of cigarettes. Sedaris grew up with smoking lounges in his high school, ashtrays in movie theaters and grocery stores and getting offered a “puff” once they were old enough. Sedaris says he remembers poking several holes in his mom carton of cigarettes and getting beat for twenty seconds because of it. He remembers his mother running out of breath and standing there panting “that’s…. not…funny” (Sedaris). Heavily panting after twenty seconds of activity is not healthy and smokers at that time did not even think once that cigarettes caused that affect. Sedaris could not stress enough that seeing smoke and ashtrays everywhere did not want to make him smoke, it actually did the very opposite. He could not believe people did so after his first puff with his mother around the kitchen table. Sedaris eventually grew older and began smoking cigarettes as a daily routine. He said, “I realized that a lit cigarette acted as a kind of beacon, drawing in any freeloader who happened to see or smell it. It was like standing on a street corner and jiggling a palmful of quarters. “Spare change?” someone might ask. And what could you say?” (Sedaris). Being portrayed as a “freeloader” is not a good thing in any way. It is an addiction, you simply see someone light a cigarette or smell it from a few steps away and you immediately have the urge to ask for a few puffs. Just to get that little satisfaction. Sedaris explains that every type of brand of cigarettes had their own specific type of audience that smoked them. Every audience that represented that brand of cigarettes, off the bat was categorized. For example, Sedaris said, “Kools and Newports were for black people and lower-class whites. Camels were for procrastinators, those who wrote bad poetry, and those who put off writing bad poetry. Merits were for sex addicts, Salems for alcoholics, and Mores for people who considered themselves to be outrageous but really weren’t. One should never lend money to a Marlboro-menthol smoker, though you could usually count on a regular-Marlboro person to pay you back” (Sedaris). Being seen with a certain brand of cigarettes categorized yourself under a certain group no…
Smoking Child: A Rhetorical Analyses
Typically when an anti-smoking advertisement is played on the radio or a television station, most people continue watching without comprehending the message. The data becomes overlooked, and isn’t relevant. But for those who smoke, it provokes an immediate thought. These commercials tend to grab the smoking viewer for a fraction of a minute, reminding them the immediate and long term dangers. These commercials tend to set a weighted item on their conscious…
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Sept. 25. 2013
Eng 101 Cigarette Smoking
Cigarette smoking is not an appealing thing to do for someone who is wanting to look and feel beautiful, gorgeous or sexy. It is the leading the cause of lung cancer in the United States, and is responsible for claiming the lives of individuals from all age groups. Smoking not only can cause lung cancer, it also represents bad hygiene to your peers. I never dream of being up close and personal with someone with…
animal fats should be kept in minimum because they are high in cholesterol. This stage is the most critical time for determining your future health and probably the easiest time for you to adopt healthier dietary habits. And if you smoke, then stop smoking.
By having well-balanced diet and exercise regularly, will make you feel better and more energetic. And you will also probably live longer and the years ahead will be healthier.
Women are generally smaller than men and have less…
Causes and problems with teenagers smoking
Most teenagers causes for using Tobacco comes from the way he or she was raised and what type of media he or she might have seen on a daily basis. With our society there are a lot of commercials that promotes smoking, and a lot of celebrity use of Tobacco. Other reasons for teens to smoke are; Peer pressure, the idea that smoking will make he or she thinner, and of course there are those who believe it sends a message of adulthood or a signal…
What does the artist do on stage is always effects audience feeling. Therefore, I believe smoking on stage during a performance should be banned. There are several reasons why I support to stop smoking on stage.
Teenagers are tending to be copycat. They especially like to imitate their idols’ appearance, action, or life style. To illustrate that, I always search for my favorite Korean music group’s street snap, and I am enthusiastic to find out the brand of their clothes or even the name…
10 October 2014
Reiss, Dan. "SmokeRing - Proposed Smoking Ban Ignites Debate in NYC." SmokeRing - Proposed Smoking Ban Ignites Debate in NYC. N.p., n.d. Web. 02 Nov. 2014.
In this article by Dan Reiss he speaks about how smokers have a right to smoke and that right should not be taken away with from them. He gives his own personal experiences on how people are starting to treat smokers. Smoking Bans are quickly becoming a big issue with smoking causing lung cancer…
March 23, 2015
Why do adults and teens smoke? Adults smoke to relieve stress from work or what is going on in their life. Teens smoke due to peer pressure and they think it’s cool. There are so many reasons as to why no one should smoke. The cost, what it does to your health, what it can do to other people that are around you.
The factors involved in smoking relate to the way the brain responds to nicotine. When a person takes that first puff…
Should Smoking be banned in Public Space?
Good morning, my name is Jason and today I will be arguing on the topic of whether smoking should be banned in public places. I’m going to start out by saying a firm yes! I believe any person, child or adult should be able to walk down the street without being victim to this hazardous smoke, without question!
Smoking is a risk factor of many health issues from cancer to a heart attack or stroke. So I think it is sad that when someone in a public space…
elderly age. Tobacco remains one of the most addictive substances legally available in the world. Smoking is the leading preventable cause of death in the United States; it causes more than 480,000 deaths each year in the United States. Smoking is addictive, it causes death and sickness such as cancer to both active and passive smokers and waste of money, I believe smoking should be illegal and ban.
Smoking affects the population in many ways. It affects smokers' health. Secondhand smoke affects others…